Courses

Earth Sciences

GEOG 1, Physical Geography
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or readiness for college-level English; MATH 30

An introduction to Earth's physical environment. Processes and patterns of weather and climate, climate change, the development of landforms, plant and animal distributions, and the interpretation of maps. Attention given to the physical environment and natural hazards of California and the Bay Area. UC and CSU transferable.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 110, Introduction to GIS
Lec-43.75 Lab-26.25

ADVISE: CNIT 100

A primer course for GIS technology. History, structure, uses, and current trends of GIS, related fundamental concepts, basic query and cartography operations using an industry-standard GIS software such as ESRI's ArcViewTM version 9 or ArcExplorerTM.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 111, GIS Analysis and Modeling
Lec-43.75 Lab-26.25

PREREQ.: GIS 110 or GEOG 110

Foundational course of GIS software. GIS database design, data collection, sophisticated analysis, 3D modeling, production of professional maps. Hands-�on training using industry-standard GIS software by ESRI. Introduces Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as they relate to GIS.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 112, GIS Software Technology
Lec-43.75 Lab-26.25

PREREQ.: GEOG 110

Hands-on training in the advanced application of GIS technology. Modeling, linear referencing data model, software customization using ESRl's ModelBuilder� platform and Python programming language, web GIS using Google Map� and KML� mash-up technology.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 1L, Physical Geography Laboratory
Lab-52.5 field trips

COREQ.: GEOG 1

The study of weather and climate, tectonic processes, and landforms. Emphasis on the interpretation of weather maps, climate data, aerial photographs, and topographic maps. UC and CSU transferable.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 3, World Regional Geography
Lec-52.5

A survey of the world’s major geographic regions through their physical, cultural, demographic, political, and economic characteristics. This course emphasizes geographic factors related to demographic, environmental, and political transformations.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 31, Introduction to Environmental Science
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An examination of the scientific evidence informing our understanding of the causes and consequences of human impacts on the environment. Application of tools, principles, and quantitative reasoning from natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering and technology to study and evaluate sustainable solutions to environmental degradation and resource depletion.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

GEOG 31= BIO 31= SUST 31

GEOG 31L, Environmental Science Laboratory
Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: BIO 31 or GEOG 31 or SUST 31

An introduction to tools and techniques used by environmental scientists to investigate human impacts on the environment in lab and/or field settings. Application of qualitative and quantitative concepts and models to evaluate environmental problems and their proposed solutions.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

BIO 31L= GEOG 31L=SUST 31L

GEOG 4, Cultural Geography
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to patterns in the contemporary human landscape. Topics include dynamics of population growth, migration, systems of agriculture, the legacy of colonialism, uneven economic development, the historical development and spread of religion and language. UC and CSU transferable.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 41A, Climate Change
Lec-17.5

An introduction to the science of climate change. Topics include basic processes of weather and climate, methods for studying past and current climate, models for climate change projects, and natural and human-induced processes of climate change.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOG 7, Economic Geography
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introduction to economic geography. Topics include patterns and processes of urbanization, industrialization, and the inter-linked global economy. Contemporary issues such as international business and changing patterns of manufacturing in the United States. UC and CSU transferable.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 10, Physical Geology
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: ((MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108B)); ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to the basic concepts of physical geology, including Earth's origins and internal structure, plate tectonics, mountain building, earthquakes, minerals, rocks, volcanic processes, geologic time, weathering, erosion, coastal processes, landslides, streams, glaciers, and ice ages and natural resources. Emphasis on geologic features of western North America.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 10L, Physical Geology Lab
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: completion of or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 10 ADVISE: ((MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108B)); completion of or concurrent enrollment in: ENGL 88 or ESL 188

Introduction to the materials of the Earth with emphasis on the identification and interpretation of common minerals and rocks (especially those common to California); interpretation of topographic, geologic, and structural maps; and analysis of plate tectonics processes.

UC/CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

One mandatory field trip. Transportation is NOT provided.

GEOL 11, Historical Geology
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: ((MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108A)) and ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The study of Earth's history and the methods and tools used in its interpretation. Includes topics such as the formation and growth of continents, the creation and destruction of ocean basins, and the evolution of life on Earth as represented by the fossil record. Emphasis on the geologic and life history of North America.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 11L, Historical Geology Lab
Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in GEOL 11

The laboratory component to an introduction to Earth�s history and the life it supports. Subjects include geologic dating, plate tectonics, stratigraphy, fossils, biological evolution, the planet�s origin and the processes that have influenced paleogeography during the past 4.6 billion years.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 21A, San Francisco Coastal Geology
Lec-3 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Only

Field class that introduces students to geological processes at work along the San Francisco Pacific coastline, emphasizing scientific field work, coastal erosion, human interactions with the coastline, sand formation and migration, and geologic history of the coastline. Field work requires hiking across uneven terrain and up and down hills.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 21B, San Francisco Geology
Lec-3 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Only

Field class that introduces students to geological processes at work in the city of San Francisco, emphasizing scientific field work surface and rock types, topographic features and their formation, geologic hazards, and geologic history. Field work requires hiking across uneven terrain and up and down hills.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 21C, The San Andreas Fault System
Lec-3 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Only

Field class that introduces students to geological processes at work within the San Andreas fault system, emphasizing scientific field work, the physical, biological, and historical impacts of earthquakes, fault formation and evolution, and geologic history of local faults. Field work requires hiking across uneven terrain and up and down hills.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 30, Environmental Geology
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: (MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108A Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The scientific study of human interaction with Earth's near-surface environment. Topics include hazardous Earth processes, natural resources, climate and climate change, and the impacts of human population growth and pollution on environmental sustainability.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 30L, Environmental Geology Lab
Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: GEOL 30

An introduction to the fundamentals of Environmental Geology through laboratory work in hazards and resource assessment, regional planning as relates to these assessments, and the nature and dynamics of human interactions with Earth's near-surface environment (hydrosphere, atmosphere, soil systems and land forms).

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
GEOL 91, Geoscience Work Experience
P/NP Available

Internship in geoscience-related settings (such as laboratory, museum, park, geotechnical firm, government agency, or CCSF department) under the supervision of a qualified professional. The student will need to arrange the internship and then contact the department to enroll in this class. Suggestions and strategies are on the CCSF Earth Science website.

CSU
Units: 0.5
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
OCAN 1, Oceanography
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE.: ((MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108A); completion of or concurrent enrollment in: ENGL 88 or ESL 188

Introduction to the major physical, biological, chemical, and geological processes at work in the oceans. Covers the formation and evolution of the oceans through Earth's history and the dynamics and interactions of currents, coastal processes, climate, seawater chemistry and physics, marine ecosystems, and society.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
OCAN 1L, Oceanography Lab
Lec-17.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: completion of or concurrent enrollment in: OCAN 1 ADVISE: ((MATH 55 and MATH 60) or ET 108B)); completion of or concurrent enrollment in: ENGL 88 or ESL 188

Introduction to the physical, biological, chemical, and geological processes at work in the oceans with emphasis on measuring and analyzing data pertaining to San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast including the interactions of seafloor features, weather systems, currents, tides, swell, coastal processes, seawater chemistry and physics, and biological communities.

UC/CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

One mandatory field trip. Transportation is NOT provided.

P SC 11, Conceptual Physical Science
Lec-52.5 Lab-17.5 field trips

ADVISE: MATH 40 and ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An overview of the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, Earth science and astronomy. Content is taught at a conceptual level using basic math such as ratios, square roots, scientific notation, graph interpretation, slope and simple algebra. Intended for non-science majors looking for a broad understanding of the physical universe.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Not recommended to students who have completed a college-level course in physics, physical science, chemistry, geology,or astronomy with a final grade of "C" or higher.

P SC 11L, Physical Science Laboratory
Lab-52.5

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: P SC 11 ADVISE: MATH 40

Physical Science laboratory integrates concepts from physics, chemistry, earth science and astronomy. Data collection, critical thinking, and laboratory skills are emphasized.

UC/CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable